The Marketplace of Ideas:
Reform and Resistance in the American University (Issues of Our Time)
by Louis Menand
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Louis Menand's The Marketplace of Ideas should be required reading for anybody considering a PhD in the humanities, especially now that the recession is driving more and more people into the supposedly safe haven of graduate school. In less than 200 pages, Menand, an English professor at Harvard and a staff writer at The New Yorker, examines the history and evolution of American higher education, and makes the case that the American university is suffering from a deep-seated institutional crisis that has grown rapidly more dire since the 1970s.
"It takes three years to become a lawyer," Menand writes. "It takes four years to become a doctor. But it takes six to nine years, and sometimes longer, to be eligible to teach poetry to college students for a living." For PhDs in English, the statistics are dismal at best:
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